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Posts from Thursday, Oct. 8

ESPNU to feature Kentucky in Midnight Madness coverage

Posted at 4:25 p.m. EDT - Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations

Kentucky basketball will be a part of ESPN's family of networks' college basketball season.

ESPNU will air Big Blue Madness during its four-hour, whip-around-the-country coverage of the first basketball practices of the season. ESPNU will broadcast footage from nine different schools - Connecticut, Duke, Georgetown, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, North Dakota State and Washington - during its Midnight Madness coverage from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Dave LaMont and Jimmy Dykes will be calling the action from Rupp Arena.


Quigley pulls off monumental upset

Sophomore Eric Quigley defeated the nation's No. 1 player Thursday afternoon.

Posted at 2:53 p.m. EDT - Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations

Eric Quigley dominated the tennis scene of Kentucky. In college, he's taken his act nationwide.

The UK sophomore pulled off a monumental upset and biggest win of his career Thursday afternoon, toppling the nation's No. 1 player. Quigley, UK's No. 1 singles players, defeated Oleksandr Nedovyesov of Oklahoma State 7-5, 6-1 at the ITA All-American Championships. winning seven straight games at one point to clinch the match.

Quigley, a four-time Kentucky state high school champion, has long been held as one of the greatest to ever play in the state of Kentucky. Thursday's victory certainly serves some vindication.

The sophomore started the fall season ranked No. 70. The Intercollegiate Tennis Association rankings don't come out again until January, but you can expect him to make a giant leap.

With the win, Quigley moves on to the second round of the tournament.

Jeremy Strachan will be along shortly with all the details in a front page release.


Rifle 101 with Harry Mullins - part 1

Posted at 11:40 a.m. EDT - Evan Crane, UK Media Relations

Arguably no program has been more successful at UK over the last two decades than the rifle team. Since head coach Harry Mullins took the reins of the program in the mid-1980s, the UK rifle team has been downright dominant.

Under the tutelage of Mullins, UK has posted nine consecutive top-10 finishes at the NCAA Championships, including 15 of the last 16 years. Last season, the Cats nearly pulled off their first national championship, finishing the year as national runner-ups. The Cats have captured five Great American Rifle Conference championships and three regular season conference titles during Mullins' tenure.

That's simply dominance. But, admittedly, not everyone knows what goes behind posting top-10 rifle finishes. What better man to tell you himself than one of the nation's best rifle coaches? Over the next four Thursdays, Mullins will take you behind the scenes to show you the basics of rifle, the difference between smallbore and air rifle, how rifle is scored and much, much more.

UK kicks off its season this weekend against North Carolina State and Memphis. But, without further ado, here's part one of Rifle 101.



Thursday practice notes

Posted at 11:21 a.m. EDT - Eric Lindsey, UK Media Relations

Linebacker Danny Trevathan has missed the last two days of practice with the flu, but head coach Rich Brooks said he'll try to play Saturday.

Head coach Rich Brooks ruled right offensive tackle Justin Jeffries out of Saturday's game with an Achilles strain. Junior Brad Durham will likely get the start in Jeffries' place Billy Joe Murphy would be the primary backup.

Linebacker Danny Trevathan missed his second straight day of practice with the flu, but Brooks said he will try to play Saturday. Brooks said he's been sick for more than a week.

As is the case with any team during a given part of the year, UK appears to have been hit pretty hard by the injury bug this week with cornerbacks Trevard Lindley and Paul Warford being out and a host of other Cats nursing thumb injuries.

Brooks said that's just the nature of football.

"Somebody once told me people don't want to hear how you load the wagon, they just want the wagon loaded," Brooks said. "We've got to load the wagon regardless of who we have loading it. That's part of the deal."

Brooks said he expects Trevathan to be a little weak and behind because of the flu, meaning redshirt freshman William Johnson could get some more time.

For the second day in a row, UK had its artificial noisemaker pumping at the practice fields at the Nutter Training Facility in preparation for the rowdy crowd down at Williams-Brice Stadium, a venue many of the Cats were calling the toughest place to play at in the Southeastern Conference.

"Honestly, to me, South Carolina has been the craziest place to play," defensive tackle Corey Peters said. "I guess the circumstances the last time we played there were we were highly ranked, they were highly ranked at the time. Maybe that's the reason, but it's most definitely been the craziest place that I've played.

"The fans get really into it (with) a lot of personal, powerful words. I get a little chuckle from it and move forward. I'm looking forward to the challenge."

To counter the noise - which shouldn't be as bad as it was two years ago under the lights because of the 12:30 p.m. kickoff - Brooks said it'll be imperative that they get their checks and play calls in at the line of scrimmage.

"The communication is critical," Brooks said. "Anytime that noise gets to that volume that we all know it gets to on the road, you really have to be focused and concentrating not only everybody knowing what the play is, but what the snap count it."